The Core Group
Saima Zaidi (Curator and designer of Numaish Karachi)
Saima Zaidi is a Karachi-based communication designer. She has researched, edited and designed the book Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund Library, Amsterdam.
She is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication Studies and Design at Habib University, Karachi and visiting faculty at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi, Karachi. She has been teaching concepts of design, typography, design studio and visual intervention in public space. She studied at the National College of Arts, Lahore, and the Pratt Institute, New York.
Aamir, originally from Kohat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, has been exhibiting extensively, especially on the local circuit, in some of the leading galleries such as Canvas Art, Koel and VM Art galleries. He has been taking part in international shows in Dubai with Carbon 12, as well as more recently with AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland. His work has been shown at Scope Basal 2013 and 2014, the Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2013 and the Moscow Biennale, 2014.
Tahera specializes in family law and deals with International adoption cases, custody cases, divorce and khula matters and family settlements. Adoption cases are of special focus and Tahera has been active in adoption counseling and advocacy and creating awareness. Tahera works on advisory work (including regulatory and licensing) in media and entertainment-related matters, as well as on corporate matters regarding the structuring of IP rights and litigation relating to copyrights, trademarks, designs, advertising, merchandising and unfair competition. She specialises in advising on a broad range of commercial agreements and transactions in the media and technology fields. In the media sector, Tahera has provided corporate, commercial and regulatory advice to operators and distributors in the publishing, cable TV, music, sports, marketing and broadcasting sectors. She has been involved in several acquisitions and joint ventures in the music and publishing industries as well as in the launch of TV and radio stations.
Tahera is also the Director of the Imkaan Welfare Organisation which is a not for profit organisation based out of Karachi involved in work related to the welfare of children. Imkaan provides primary health care services in Machar Colony in Karachi, deals with infanticide and the placement of abandoned children with adoptive families and is in the process of setting up a recreation centre in Machar Colony.
Tahera read for a Bachelor of law degree from the University of Karachi. She was also a contributing writer to World Music and She Magazine and the founder of the Karachi Adoption Group. She is a member of the Executive Committee and Organising Committee of the KaraFilm Society, on the Board and Editorial board of the Book Group and on the Board of the Imkaan Welfare Organisation. Tahera is a member of the Karachi Bar Association, the Sindh Bar Council, the Sindh High Court Bar Association and is enrolled to practice in all the subordinate and high courts of Pakistan.
Mahim is a journalist who writes about urban issues in Karachi.
Asma Mundrawala is a visual artist and theatre practitioner with a DPhil degree from the University of Sussex UK. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. As part of her research practice Asma has published in Pakistani and international books and journals. Asma has exhibited her artwork in Pakistan and internationally and continues her practice in Karachi.
Asma has a background in theatre since 1997 when she began work with the Karachi-based theatre group Tehrik e Niswan. She is a co-founder and director for Zambeel Dramatic Readings (2011), a group that renders Urdu and English texts in dramatic form for live audiences. As part of this initiative she has conceptualised and directed several projects comprising texts by eminent authors from the subcontinent.
Bani Abidi is a visual artist. She is from Karachi but lives in Berlin. She works primarily in video, but also with photography, drawings and installations. Her work is in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Tate Modern, The Guggenheim, The British Museum and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum amongst others.
Dr Anzar Khaliq
Dr. Anzar Khaliq is an assistant professor in the School of Science and Engineering at Habib University, Karachi. He holds a Masters and a PhD degree in Nanotechnology from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. His research focuses on the development of next generation energy harvesting devices. He has presented at several international conferences and has been an invited speaker in Pakistan as well. All of his work has been published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C. He holds a diploma in theatrical performance obtained from Tellem Chao, Paris and has worked as a radio jockey for nine years at Mast FM 103.
Dr Oliver Faust
Dr. Oliver Faust has been actively involved in science, research and higher education since 2001. He has served various academic and private institutions, where he improved academic standards and pushed the boundaries of science to come up with innovative solutions to physical problems. Dr. Faust has joined Habib University after spending four years at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore. Dr. Faust’s research interests include formal and model-driven biomedical systems design, parallel systems, digital communications, and nonlinear and cognitive signal processing. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. Dr. Faust has also been the principal Investigator for the multi-standard radio system project.
Hajra Haider is an independent curator with a focus on emerging art in Pakistan. Her projects are mostly research-oriented, based on social and cultural structures in society, aimed towards public intervention and building bridges between art and other disciplines.
Currently she is working as the curator of the IVS Gallery at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. She was the assistant coordinator of the Vasl Artists’ Collective in 2009 and now is a member of its advisory board. She has been adjunct faculty and assistant coordinator in the department of Fine Art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (2010-2012). She has contributed to the ‘Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art’, a project by Oxford University Press. Her articles have been published in the online magazine Art Now Pakistan. Among her acclaimed curatorial projects are: ‘My Name is…’ (2013), ‘Stop. Look. Listen.’ (2013), ‘Overcast’ (2014), nationally and internationally ‘Meeting House’ at the 5th International Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Baku, 2012 and ‘Pasture Still Green?’ at the IV Moscow international Biennale for Young Art, 2014. Recently, she was selected as a participant from Pakistan for the International Training Programme 2014 at the British Museum. Haider has a BFA from the National College of Art, Lahore 2008. She lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.
Ilma is an associate architect at Design Options. She graduated from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2011. Ilma enjoys designing spaces, whether it is a building, small interior or pavilions and installations. She has collaborated on design exhibitions, including 21 Lights and Pursukoon Karachi.
Ivan Sigal works on long-term storytelling projects that incorporate writing, photography and moving images. He is currently working on projects focused on urbanization in Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the northeastern U.S. Ivan is the author of White Road, a book of photography and writing about Central Asia and Siberia. He is the executive director of Global Voices, a non-profit online global citizen media initiative, and supports similar projects around the world. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies digital storytelling and online communities. He spent over ten years in the former Soviet Union and Asia, where he designed and ran dozens of media projects focusing on conflict, humanitarian disaster and transitional societies. He has lived and traveled in over 80 countries.
Khadija graduated from Dawood College of Engineering and Technology in 1991. From 1994 to 2001 she worked at Arshad Shahid Abdullah as a senior architect. Since 2003 she has been working in a shared studio, Design Options, with Moyena Niazi. Her portfolio includes diverse projects such as clinics, residences and commercial interiors. She has participated in several exhibitions, making a range of contributions from product design to installations. Two of projects were given honourable mention at the 2012 Institute of Architects of Pakistan excellence awards.
Mazhar Zaidi/Matteela Films
Mazhar Zaidi is currently working on a documentary film based on the memories and images of 102 years old photojournalist FE Chaudhry. He has been working as a journalist and filmmaker for over 20 years. As a journalist he has worked with BBC World Service in London for over 11 years. He has contributed numerous articles to leading regional, international and local publications including Newsline, The News, The News On Sunday and Outllook India. He has produced and directed several documentaries and programmes for leading media organisations including the BBC, German TV channel ARD and other independent media houses. He headed the department of documentaries and current affairs at Pakistan’s English language TV channel, Dawnnews from 2008 to 2010. His last film, ‘Nar Narman,’ was screened at the National Film Theatre in London in 2007.
Mohammed Hanif has written two novels A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Our Lady of Alice Bhatti. He has also written a pamphlet The Baloch Who is Not Missing and Others Who Are. He has written plays, The Dictator’s Wife and What Now, Now that We Are Dead. He has written lots of journalistic pieces in English and Urdu. He is currently working on Bhutto, the Opera.
Naiza Khan trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, and Wimbledon College of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the 2012 Shanghai Biennale; Hanging Fire at the Asia Society in New York; and her first solo museum exhibition, Karachi Elegies, took place at the Broad Museum, Michigan, 2013. Khan curated ‘The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan’ at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi in 2010. From 1991 to 2009, she was faculty member of Visual Art at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi where she is now a member of the Board of Governors. She is also a founding member and former co-ordinator of the Vasl Artists’ Workshop. Khan is a recipient of the Prince Claus Award for 2013. She is currently Professional Advisor at the Visual Studies Department, Karachi University.
Nasir Ansari was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1987 and works here. He has a BFA from Karachi University. His works in 3D sculpture and installations, motivated by the urge to communicate the concerns the average person faces in daily life.
Seema Nusrat was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1980. She received her BFA degree from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan (IVSAA) in 2002 and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada in 2012. She was visiting faculty at IVSAA from 2009 to 2013. Her solo shows include: “items of re-use“, Canvas Gallery, Karachi (2013), “Resuscitate” at Rohtas, Lahore (2008) and “Body without Body” at the VM Art Gallery, Karachi (2007). She has attended several residencies, including the JSW Abhisaran Residency, Vijiynagar, India (2014), ‘Can Serrat international artist residency programme’ in El Bruc, Spain, (2009), ‘2009 Artist in Residence programme of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum’, Japan, (2009), ‘Gasworks International Residency’ (2008), ‘3 island Workshop’, Scotland (2008), ‘Theertha International Artists’ Workshop’, Sri Lanka (2008), VASL Residency “Taaza Tareen”, Karachi, (2007).
Shehrezad Maher was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan (1988) and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice spans sculpture, video, installation and performance. Recent exhibitions of her work include a solo show in Karachi, Pakistan (Hover/Hum), several public intervention projects in Karachi, and group shows and screenings at Flux Factory (upcoming, Queens, New York), Regina Rex (New York, NY), Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Temporary Agency Gallery (Queens, NY), The New Filmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY) and Twelve Gates Arts (Philadelphia, PA).
Tehmina Maknojia is an emerging Pakistani artist. She completed a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2012 with a major in Sculpture. Her work is based on the concept of art being inclusive and not limited to gallery space. She aims to make work that is enjoyable and interactive for everyone regardless of age, background or class. She applies her skills to design and facilitate short- and long-term arts workshops for teachers. She is currently working as an art educator and freelance artist. She has participated in community-based art projects and camps as lead facilitator.
Yasir Husain works with concepts in media and historically rooted technoculture. He participated in ISEA (UAE), Ars Electronica (Austria), Transmediale (Germany), Tashkent Biennale (Uzbekistan) and KIAF (Nepal). He has taught creative sustainability through eco-devices in low-income schools, as an art project. An urban farmer <organicity.pk> and activist, previously Yasir formed the Mauj Collective and researched ‘New Media in Pakistan’ for Asia-Europe Foundation. He studied at CUNY and University of Rochester in the US.
Zeeshan Nafees is a design engineer with an interest in renewable energy and mechatronics (robotics). He has a BS from Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology and ME from NED University of Engineering & Technology. He now works at Habib University and is the brains behind the mechanical and electronic design and fabrication of the different parts of the turbine in the windmill.